Blackwood Gallery launches SDUK Issue 07: TILTING (2)



The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Issue 07: TILTING (2) Now Available Online!


shaina sarah isles evero fedelin agbayani, Ali Ahadi, Mitchell Akiyama, Beverly Bain, Emily Cadotte, Alex Cameron, Gian Cruz, Kara Ditte Hansen and cheyanne turions, Mark Dudiak, Lynn Hutchinson Lee, Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, Olivia Klevorn, Jesse LeCavalier, Min Sook Lee, Jayda Marley, Nicola Privato, Jarrett Robert Rose, Imre Szeman, Laura Tibi, Mirusha Yogarajah.

Read the full issue now on the new SDUK microsite.

About TILTING (2)

Following the release of the special SDUK broadsheet TILTING (1) on April 20, 2020, TILTING (2) continues to circulate and distribute responses to COVID-19’s persistent reconfiguration of collective conditions. Both issues are drawn from contributions to a March 23 call for submissions proposing that we take up The Invisible Committee’s call to tilt our approaches to organizing in the face of urgent situations with good faith, careful attention, and decisive action.1 Across both issues, the Blackwood attends to the necessity of improvisation, while simultaneously exploring how crisis opens certain possibilities and forecloses others—demanding new infrastructures, strategies, and methodologies and the reactivation of existing modes of care, redistribution, and mutual aid.2

TILTING (2) builds on the first issue’s attention to a broad set of urgencies activated by the COVID-19 pandemic: economic inequality; bodily vulnerability; conditions of isolation and distancing; deception and mediation; the capacity of the unrealized; viral timescales across varied geographic and cultural conditions; life-making practices as commons; critique as an intervention into (un)exceptional states of crisis; and digital infrastructures and scenes of digital deluge. The latest issue turns to questions of: ritual and traditional healing knowledges; potentiality in vulnerability; entanglements of coloniality and virality; supply chains, migrant labour, and precarity; recovery and the labour of fragility; the intersections of embodiment, productivity, proximity, normality, and terror; memorialization in public and digital space; and the varied modes of reading that emerge in emergency. Across two issues, more than forty contributors propose modes of resistance, reassessment, connection, interruption, and attention amidst crisis.

1 See The Invisible Committee, Now, trans. Robert Hurley (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2017), 157, taken up in “tl;dr part 1,” the editorial for The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 07: TILTING (1) (April 2020).
2 As explored through the writing of AbdouMaliq on improvisation; Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze on participation and action; and Isabelle Stengers and Vinciane Despret on reactivation and reclamation in “tl;dr part 2,” the editorial for The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 07: TILTING (2) (May 2020).


The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge is a serial broadsheet publication produced by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Initiated in conjunction with The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea in 2018–19 to expand perspectives on environmental violence through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization, the SDUK is becoming a signature triannual Blackwood publishing initiative in 2020.

As an organization addressing the challenges of the 21st century through artistic-led research, the Blackwood’s ambition is to convene, enable, and amplify the transdisciplinary thinking necessary for understanding our current multi-scalar historical moment and co-creating the literacies, skills, and sensibilities required to adapt to the various socio-technical transformations of our contemporary society. Such a commitment requires a lithe methodology that is rooted in the arts, inspired and informed by emergent methods of curatorial research, and shaped by transdisciplinary engagements with collaborators from a host of other disciplines and partners working outside the university, whether in industry, business, government, or civil society. This methodology is necessary for contemporary research-based practices because the so-called “wicked problems” that challenge the stability of contemporary societies can no longer be addressed from a single disciplinary perspective.

01 – GRAFTING – June 2018
02 – COMMUTING – August 2018
03 – BEARING – March 2019
04 – SHORING – May 2019
05 – ACCOUNTING – July 2019
06 – FORGING – September 2019

07 – TILTING (1) – April 2020
07 – TILTING (2) – May 2020


The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

Please note: the Blackwood Gallery and offices are closed throughout spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, staff are reachable by email only.